Posts Tagged: emily nussbaum

But simply watching people of color having a private conversation, one that’s not primarily about white people, is a huge deal. It changes who the joke is on.

Emily Nussbaum in this week's New Yorker, writing about Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish, hits the nail right on the head: white people, it's not about you for once, and it is so, so refreshing.


Sex and the Dystopia

Television critic Emily Nussbaum has an outstanding piece on Sex and the City—and how it lost its "good name"—in this week’s New Yorker. When people tell the story of quality television, Nussbaum argues, they talk about The Sopranos and the raft of other HBO shows that followed. They might acknowledge Sex and the City, but their scorn is palpable: “It might as well have been a tourism campaign for a post-Rudolph Giuliani, de-ethnicized Gotham awash in money,” writes Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From ‘The Sopranos’ and ‘The Wire’ to ‘Mad Men’ and ‘Breaking Bad.’  

But Sex and the City [...]


Weekend Roundup

Have you ever seen Beats, Rhymes, and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest? You should, one, because it's fascinating, and two, because director and producer Michael Rapaport manages to make some of it About Him in only a way that Michael Rapaport can. Anyway, in it, Q-Tip discusses his mindset after the group's mind-blowing debut album, Peoples Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm: "They were talking about a sophomore jinx. Sophomore jinx? What the fuck is that? I'm going to make the Low End Theory." Their follow-up record is one of the greatest albums of all time.

Here's Hairpin 3.0's Low End Theory: We were [...]


"Don’t worry, it’s no 'Sex and the City,' they say. As if that were a good thing."

At the New Yorker, Emily Nussbaum writes a terrific piece about the retroactive reduction of Sex and the City to a pun-laded guilty pleasure. She defends the show's place within the canon of complex prestige cable series as well as Carrie Bradshaw's status as the "unacknowledged first female anti-hero on television," and reminds us how far away the SATC cast were from the bright-eyed, sweet and manageably tenacious Mary Tyler Moores that had come before them:

Carrie and her friends—Miranda, Samantha, and Charlotte—were odder birds by far, jagged, aggressive, and sometimes frightening figures, like a makeup mirror lit up in neon. They were simultaneously real and abstract, emotionally [...]


Five New Yorker Writers Explain the Fate of Huell from Breaking Bad

Five days have passed since the Breaking Bad series finale, and one question lingers: What happened to Huell? The bodyguard was last seen in a safe house, waiting for his rescue. Here, we imagine five New Yorker writers' theories on his fate.

Patricia Marx

Oh, to be a person of such stature to require a person of even more commanding stature: a bodyguard! A friend of mine who teaches Tumblr to babies (DUMBLO, $75/class), had recently come into the way of some death threats; I called him to inquire. "One thing that's great about teaching classes for babies," he said, [...]